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Animal Health Research Center

AHRC Building and Research Spaces

AHRCThe Animal Health Research Center (AHRC), located on the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine campus at the corner of Carlton Street and East Campus Road, is a 75,000-square-foot research facility that enables scientists to study infectious microorganisms, parasites and toxins in a safe environment for the researchers, animals and the public. The AHRC is comprised of BSL-2 labs, ABSL-2 spaces, BSL-3 labs, ABSL-3/ BSL-3Ag vivarium.

  • BSL-3 Labs
    • 4 labs with each having 170 square feet of research space
    • 1 lab with 350 square feet of research space
    • Each lab includes:
      • One+ Class 2, A2 biosafety cabinet
      • A tabletop centrifuge
      • -20 and/or -80 freezer
      • CO2 incubators
      • Orbital shaker
      • Portable sink
    • All 5 labs share a 400-square-foot common prep area with a common usage pass through sterilizer
  • ABSL-3
    • 6 rooms with 300 square feet each of animal research space with an automatic watering system and temperature and humidity controls
    • Use of these rooms includes the following:
      • Required clothing for use inside biocontainment areas including personal protective equipment (PPE)
      • use of common biocontainment areas, such as showers and lockers
      • Waste management services, including: tissue digester, effluent decontamination, incineration, sharps disposal, autoclave waste disposal
      • Liquid disinfection and sterilization utilizing VHP with biomonitors
      • Complete animal care services
  • BSL-3Ag – Large Rooms
    • 6 rooms with 250 square feet each of animal research space with an automatic watering system, and temperature and humidity controls
    • Each room includes an ante-room and Inner- and outer-changing rooms
    • Use of these rooms includes the following:
      • Required clothing for use inside biocontainment areas including personal protective equipment (PPE)
      • use of common biocontainment areas, such as showers and lockers
      • Waste management services, including: tissue digester, effluent decontamination, incineration, sharps disposal, autoclave waste disposal
      • Liquid disinfection and sterilization utilizing VHP with biomonitors
      • Complete animal care services
  • BSL-3Ag – Extra Large rooms
    • 2 rooms with 670 square feet each of animal research space with an automatic watering system, and temperature and humidity controls.
    • Each room includes an ante-room and Inner- and outer-changing rooms
    • Use of these rooms includes the following:
      • Required clothing for use inside biocontainment areas including personal protective equipment (PPE)
      • use of common biocontainment areas, such as showers and lockers
      • Waste management services, including: tissue digester, effluent decontamination, incineration, sharps disposal, autoclave waste disposal
      • Liquid disinfection and sterilization utilizing VHP with biological indicators. Complete animal care services

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